List the shortcuts in the computer’s network neighborhood in C#

[network neighborhood]

This example uses the Windows Script Host to list shortcuts in the network neighborhood. Before the program can use the Windows Script Host, you must add a reference to the COM object “Windows Script Host Object Model.” To make using that library easier, the program includes the following two using directives.

using System.IO;
using IWshRuntimeLibrary;

The following code shows how the program builds its list of shortcuts.

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    // Make a Windows Script Host Shell object.
    IWshShell_Class wsh_shell = new IWshShell_Class();

    // Find the Nethood folder.
    IWshCollection special_folders = wsh_shell.SpecialFolders;
    object path_name = "Nethood";
    string nethood_path =
        special_folders.Item(ref path_name).ToString();
    DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo(nethood_path);

    // Enumerate Nethood's subdirectories.
    foreach (DirectoryInfo subdir in di.GetDirectories())

The code creates an IWshShell_Class object and gets the Nethood entry from its SpecialFolders collection. It converts that value into a string to get the path to the network neighborhood folder. It then makes a DirectoryInfo object representing that folder.

Finally, the code loops through the folder’s subdirectories, listing them in the lstLinks ListBox.

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